According to recent statements, women’s rights activists in Afghanistan said they feel “betrayed” by the Biden administration as the Taliban violated all kinds of rights after the U.S. withdrew its troops last year, leaving promises of aid unfulfilled.
Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad said Monday on Fox News’s “The Story” program that women activists in Afghanistan, with whom she deals assiduously, feel great disappointment with President Joe Biden.
“I’m in touch with a lot of women in Afghanistan. They’re really angry with the American government,” Alinejad said.
According to the renowned journalist, conditions for Afghans have continued to deteriorate steadily since the Taliban took power.
Women are suffering the most from the atrocities of the radical regime after they imposed sharia, or Islamic law, which consists of an extremely strict code of conduct that determines all aspects of Muslim life, under which women lose almost all their rights and freedoms.
“In reality in Afghanistan and Iran under Sharia law, if you don’t want to be a Muslim anymore, if you criticize the prophet (Mohammed), if you criticize the Islamic law and for the crime of apostasy and blasphemy, you will be beheaded,” Alinejad said.
So much so that the Taliban have recently ordered store owners in western Afghanistan to cut off the heads of mannequins in textile clothing stores, insisting that they violate Islamic law. Those who ignore the beheading order will face severe punishment, The Times said.
A video showing men chopping off mannequin heads went viral on Twitter. The 40-second video comes just days after Taliban terrorists issued the order to go to shopping malls in the western province of Herat to check for compliance.
Since the Taliban terrorists seized power by force on Aug. 15, after then-President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, one of the first actions they took was to severely restrict the freedoms of women and girls, confining them to their homes.
Girls were banned from attending secondary school in several provinces and were primarily prevented from working in the public sector and excluded from government jobs.
In addition, as Sky News reported in late December, Kabul authorities said women seeking to travel long distances should not be allowed access to public transport unless accompanied by a close relative.
Alinejad said she is in contact with women’s rights activists in Afghanistan, and they are stunned by the sudden lack of U.S. support.
“To be honest, it’s very heartbreaking. I call it like this is—a betrayal, [and] not only from the Biden administration,” she said. “It is a betrayal for all of those politicians around the world that are witnessing how people are being beheaded in Afghanistan [and] getting shot in Iran,” she added.
Over the past few years, Afghan women have made considerable gains in their rights, such as the ability to participate in politics, hold public office, freely profess religion, and dress according to their wishes.
With the re-imposition of Islamic law, women have regressed in all the progress they have made. However, according to the journalist specializing in these matters, they are taking to the streets and calling on the rest of the world to make themselves heard. Today they only depend on international aid to regain their lost freedoms and rights.